Julius W. “Jules” Senger, 91, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND with loving family at his side.

Julius W. “Jules” Senger, 91, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND with loving family at his side.


Mass of the Resurrection for Julius will be on Monday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with the Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a Rosary and scripture service at 7 p.m. There will be a 4th Degree Honor Guard and Rosary by the Knights of Columbus. Julius will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post #756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team.


Casket bearers for Julius will be Dick Prozinski, Joe Yager, Bob Davis, Steve Halldorson, Adam Koble and Terry Olson.  
Reading the Scriptures will be David Cicinato and Stephanie Armstrong. Gift Bearers will be Leroy and Juliann Koble.  


Julius Wendlin was born on April 24, 1925 in Devils Lake, ND, one of ten children born to Theresa (Koble) and Thomas Senger Sr.  He was reared and educated at Southam, ND attending High School in Devils Lake.  Julius was working as a farm hand for Mike Meiers when he met his beloved Betty.  Julius and Elizabeth “Betty” Stauss were united in marriage on July 3, 1944.


On December 11, 1944, Julius entered the United States Army and served his country in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, Philippines and Japan.  He served with Company C 808 Engineer Aviation Battalion as a truck driver, cook and supply clerk.  He was honorably discharged as a Corporal on November 17, 1946.  While Julius was overseas, Betty stayed with her in-laws and after his return, they moved to Fort Totten and bought a farm.


In 1949, they sold the farm and Julius began employment with the Great Northern Railroad, working at the Roundhouse in Devils Lake and Rugby.  Times were changing with the Railroad, so in 1962 the family which included five children moved to Milwaukie, Oregon.  Julius worked as a department foreman for the Stanley Proto Tool Company retiring in 1987.  Julius and Betty returned to Devils Lake and lived, loved and worked throughout many years.

 
Julius was never idle in retirement.  He managed one complex of Park Village Apts., doing maintenance, repair work, managing the grounds as lawn mower, snow shoveler and tending flower beds into his 80’s.  He worked for Gilbertson Funeral Home for several years and at the age of 89 was still chief chauffeur and care-giver to many at Sky View Apartments.  His kindness and compassion for others was never ending and he was the devoted caregiver to Betty until her death on January 17, 2009.


Julius considered work as his hobby, but other pastimes he enjoyed were making bird houses, wishing wells, wooden flowers and other creations and sharing them with family and friends.  He never missed an episode of “Molly B” or “Polka Party”.  He and Betty loved to dance and Julius danced a few polkas at his 90th birthday celebrations. He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was an usher at 7:30 Mass until February 9, 2016.  He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus in Oregon, where he served as Grand Knight and in Devils Lake, active as the head cook for many of the KC events, led the Rosary before Mass and at all KC member funerals and for the past few years helped with Mass at the Good Samaritan Center.  He also enjoyed membership in the American Legion, V.F.W. and Eagles Lodge.


Our hearts are breaking, but our grief turns to joy as we think on the beautiful life of love, laughter, kindness and faith that Julius’s lived.


He is survived by his children Arlinda Harper, Long Beach, CA, Victoria Fisher, Devils Lake, Gaylen (Sandy) Senger, Milwaukie, OR and Stacey (David Cicinato) Senger also of Long Beach; son-in-law Lawrence Aspenlieder, Kalispell, MT; grandchildren Troy Harper, Julie Ann Densmore, John (Nancy) Harper; Shane Paulsen; Jason (Jenny) Smith; Bryon Aspenlieder, Chad Aspenlieder, Adam (Deanna) Aspenlieder; Connor Prelop; great grandchildren Christopher, Mechele, Dallas, Alyssa, Dalton, Madissen, Corbin and Ariella; many nieces, nephews and their families.


Julius was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; daughter Bardina Aspenlieder; son-in-law Mark Harper; brothers Conrad, Phil, Wendelin, Conrad “Butch”, Thomas, Joseph and Tony Senger; sisters Margaret “Maggie” Yager and Evelyn Young.


Music will be provided by Lynne Webster, Audrey Myklebust and Leonard Koble.


Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.